With the start of official practices just under two weeks away, UWBadgers.com will introduce to you the newest members of the Wisconsin wrestling team by giving you a look at who they are off the mat. Today, it's Ellsworth, Wis., native Parker Hines' turn under the spotlight.
Parker Hines comes to Madison from Ellsworth, Wis., where he wrestled four seasons at Ellsworth High School. Hines was a Division 2 state champion and put up a near perfect 38-1 record in his senior season for the Panthers. Hines was a two-time state finalist, and a three-time state qualifier in high school, and helped Ellsworth capture the team state championship in his junior season. He also played football as an offensive lineman and was named the Middle Border Conference Most Valuable Player as well as all-state honorable mention at his position.
Athlete: Jordan Burroughs
Movie: Never back down
TV Show: That 70s Show
Sports team: Green Bay Packers
Place on campus: Lakeshore
Vacation spot: Florida
Place to wrestle other than the UW Field House: Ellsworth wrestling room
Why did you choose Wisconsin?: It's the best campus in Wisconsin and it has strong traditions and history
First started wrestling: Kindergarten
Most memorable match: Junior year of high school at regionals, I escaped and took my opponent down to win in seven seconds.
My favorite thing about Wisconsin wrestling is: The tradition
Before each match I...: Break a sweat
In off-season training, I worked on: Riding technique
Dream as a collegiate wrestler: Become an All-American
My role models are: Chad Stelt and Hayden Hauschault
What talent would you like to have?: To be able to play the piano, the guitar, and sing
Secret talent I have: Great dancer
Dream job/career: Actuary
Dream date: Jullian Hough
One thing I absolutely have to do before I turn 40: Skydive
If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be: The Midwest
If I could bring one thing from my hometown, it would be: Rush River
The most unusual thing the average person would not know about me is: I'm single
I can't live without: My iPod
Greatest invention of the last 100 years: iPod
What is your greatest achievement?: State champ
Which fictional or historical figure would you like to meet?: Winston Churchill
Most famous person I've met: Jack Radabaugh
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?: Mind reader
If I had a million dollars, I would...: Not have student loans
Person I'd love to trade places with for a day and why: Bill Gates, so I could buy some cars, houses, toys, etc.
Favorite quote: "One day your life will flash before your eyes, make sure it's worth watching."